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LEWISTOWN — The Lewistown Borough Council on Wednesday voted to begin an audit of the three fire companies that comprise the Lewistown Fire Department.

The audit will begin no later than March 2022 and will cover the borough’s three fire companies — United Fire and Rescue, Brooklyn Hose Company and City Hook and Ladder.

The audit is believed to be the first the borough has undertaken on the fire companies.

The borough’s three fire companies will also each receive approximately $45,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funding.

The board also voted to pay off the remainder of a loan pertaining to Mifflin County Regional Police Department. The payoff amount is $157,735.31 and borough manager Kim Zimmerman said the move would save the borough somewhere around $8,000 per year in interest the borough has been paying.

Council approved a county ordinance that would use Community Development Block Grant funds to create a park in the borough at the corner of Catherine and Walnut streets. The county is doing a survey and the borough is encouraging residents to participate in the survey to give the county feedback. Zimmerman said the borough will likely have to contribute money from the ARPA to make up what CDBG funds do not cover.

Increases to the borough’s sewer rate and parking violation fines were tabled by the council, but council added a third tier of refuse service available for borough residents at a cost of $60 per month.

Five new positions were filled by council including a treasurer/deputy borough manager, a mason/workman, a human resources representative, a maintenance technician for the wastewater treatment plant and a deputy in the department of public works.

The street sweeping ordinance will be suspended through April 17, except on four streets — Chestnut Street from the Five Points to Logan Street, Market Street from Grand Street to the Five Points, Valley Street from the Five Points to Third Street and the entire length of Academy Hill.

Lewistown Borough will advertise a vacancy on the Mifflin County Municipal Authority Board of Directors representing the borough. Interested parties would need to reach out to the borough office to express interest in the position in order to be considered by council.

Lewistown Borough Council meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Lewistown Municipal Building at the corner of Third and Main streets.

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